SANTA FE, N.M. — Tonight is the 81st meeting of the Santa Fe Demons and St. Michael’s Horsemen.
The series dates back to 1924, and was interrupted once in 1940, and again from 1985 through 1994, according to St. Mike’s statistician Mike Pitel.
While Santa Fe leads the overall series – 49 wins against 28 losses and three ties – recent years have belonged to the Horsemen, who won the past three tilts by 38, 42 and 39 points, respectively, including a 45-6 win last year. Last season’s Horsemen were also the third team in the history of the series to take three straight, and they have a chance to be the first for four.
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WHAT: Football, St. Michael’s (4-0) at Santa Fe High (1-3)
WHERE: Ivan Head Stadium, Santa Fe High School
WHEN: 7 tonight
The longest streak, though, belongs to the Demons at seven games, 1960-66.
And, aside from the three ties, 23 of the 72 games played have been decided by seven or fewer points.
St. Mike’s (4-0) enters the contest as the consensus top team in Class 3A after routing Robertson 54-2 last week. During the contest, Horsemen senior running back Salomon Martinez became the first St. Mike’s player to score four touchdowns in one quarter, en route to a five-touchdown evening.
The Demons (1-3) are coming off their second straight loss, 48-20 to Piedra Vista. Senior running back Anthony Abeyta leads the Demons’ offense, rushing for 632 yards so far this season.
Game time tonight at Ivan Head Stadium is 7 p.m.